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Today’s content

Climate change
Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern defends ‘laughable’ 5 percent tax proposed on farming emissions
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Farmers exempt from 95 percent of emissions charges under new proposed rules
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Agri sector gets cushy deal under Govt proposal to introduce it to the ETS by 2025
Richard Harman (Politik): Now it gets hard – making farmers pay for methane
Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): An unusual coalition appears in pricing farming emissions
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Plan for action on agriculture emissions
Jamie Morton (Herald): Landmark climate change breakthrough: Farmers agree to emissions pricing
Anna Whyte (1News): Agricultural emissions in ETS firing line – interim climate change report
Jason Walls (Herald): National’s Simon Bridges says the Government pushing out its ETS timeframe is a ‘backdown’
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Opposition: Agriculture ETS deal a ‘back down’ by Government
RNZ: Proposal to introduce agriculture to emissions trading scheme by 2025
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Farmers: Emissions plan may not be as great a deal as it appears
Rebecca Black (Stuff): Farmers ponder future that contains emissions bill
Andrea Fox (Herald): Cities will feel pain if agriculture forced down ETS road: Fed Farmers
No Right Turn: Putting agriculture in the ETS
No Right Turn:Climate Change: National isn’t serious
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Dairy group calls on change to methane target, says sector could be at risk
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Victoria Young (BusinessDesk): Energy Minister Megan Woods: Govt won’t ‘die in a ditch’ for 100% renewable target
Zane Small (Newshub): How the Government’s 100 percent clean energy goal could hit consumers
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Transformation needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
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Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Iwi leader Mike Smith to sue government over climate change
Stuff: Iwi leader to sue government for ‘failing to protect Maori’ from effects of climate change
Michael Neilson (Herald):Iwi leader suing Government over ‘failure’ to protect Māori from climate change
Dave Cull (ODT): Inaction on climate change more costly
Luke Kirkeby (Stuff): South Waikato council butts heads with climate change activists

Clean car scheme
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Government’s electric vehicle policy a subsidy for unsafe cars – Nats
Herald: Electric vehicle policy could make unsafe cars cheaper: National
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): National accuses the Government of subsidising unsafe cars in its ‘clean car’ policy

Environment and conservation
Stella McQueen (Spinoff): Hundreds of native mudfish have died needlessly and we should all mourn them
Michael Cropp (RNZ): Mischievous penguins lie low after making waves at sushi store
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Wellington motorists urged to drive carefully as blue penguins spotted in CBD

Foreign affairs and trade
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Why seeking a free trade deal with Donald Trump’s US is a waste of time
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Winston Peters needs to deal with heavy hitters like the Black Caps did (paywalled)
Logan Church (RNZ): Checkpoint: Deportees call for government to back words with actions
Derek Cheng (Herald): What it takes for Jacinda Ardern to condemn Donald Trump
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern denounces Donald Trump’s comments about Democrat congresswomen
Stuff: ‘1950s racism straight from the White House’: Donald Trump’s tweets revolt politicians around the world

Transport
Ben Strang (RNZ): Road to Zero: Everything you need to know about the government’s new road safety strategy
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): New strategy aims to reduce number of road deaths by 40 per cent
Phil Twyford (Herald): Spending more on roading projects while prioritising safety
Kelvin McDonald (Māori TV): Seventy buses open doors to te reo Māori
Laine Moger (Stuff): Drivers’ anger over multiple fines for using Manukau bus lane, thousands caught
Deena Coster (Taranaki Daily News): Better provisions needed for affected landowners if $200m road proceeds – judge

Banking industry
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): ANZ loses the Key to transparency
Daniel Ziffer: A Wunch of Bankers: Staring into the barren soul of the banking industry (extract)

Matatā
Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): Retreating from the red zone: Government to part-fund Matatā buyout
Robin Martin (RNZ): Matatā debris flows: Residents to be offered market value
1News: Government to help pay for ‘managed retreat’ of Matatā, 14 years after severe flood

Health
Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Fatal overdose: The case the Ministry of Health doesn’t want you to know about (paywalled)
RNZ; Vape company JUUL’s boss apologises to parents
Denise Piper (Stuff): Ministry missed rheumatic fever cases in Northland Māori
RNZ: Forty percent of measles cases end up in hospital
1News: Measles warning for end of school holidays
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Psychologists vote to strike, will not work overtime for five weeks
Herald: New Zealand’s DHB psychologists vote to strike later this month, to refuse overtime work for five weeks
Southland Times Editorial: Our health in a plastic-wrapped world
Mike Houlahan (ODT): MP says SDHB must ‘front up’
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Surgical mesh ban campaigner: ‘It’s plastic and will eventually break down’

Firearms
Joanna MacKenzie (RNZ):First rural gun buy back event to be held today
1News: Firearms collection events set for this weekend in Wellington, Ohope and Maraekakaho
Alice Angeloni (Stuff): Marlborough hunter with disability calls for exemption to keep meat on table
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): A lot of people will be inconvenienced by gun buyback

Housing
Herald: Ardern backs Kiwibuild as Auditor-General investigates claim by National
Zane Small (Newshub): Judith Collins triggers KiwiBuild investigation over ‘suspicious-looking deal’
Don Rowe (Spinoff): Property managers are dropping landlords as insulation standards kick in
1News: Good Samaritan revels in ‘showing love’, a year on from re-mortgaging Rotorua home to help homeless
Emma Turton and Liz McDonald (Stuff): First tenants fill vacant Christchurch homes caught in bureaucratic bungle

Education
David Cohen (RNZ): The fall of ‘higher’ education?
Simon Collins (Herald): Late birthday boosts high-school achievement – study
1News: Union and Education Minister slam delay in paying primary teachers’ pay rise
Katie Fitzgerald and Elle Prendergast (Newshub): Chris Hipkins investigating two-month delay for teachers’ pay rises
Herald: Kindy teachers’ union to vote on new $75m pay offer
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Kindergarten teachers to vote on new pay offer
Dougal Sutherland (Stuff): We learn reading and writing at school. Why not educate kids about mental wellbeing too

Wellington
Tom Hunt (Dominion Post): We will build Shelly Bay,’ developer pledges as storm clouds gather
Gordon Campbell: On what’s wrong with Wellington
Damian George and Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): ‘It was a bad start’: Decision-makers look back on a troubled year for Wellington’s buses
Dileepa Fonseka and Damian George (Stuff): Wellington City bus commuters ‘ripped off’ by new bus network and higher fares

Auckland
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Cost of Auckland’s City Rail Link could blow out by another $600 million
Brian Rudman (Herald): John Banks is on the money with his crusade against council agencies (paywalled)
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): John Banks hits out at Auckland Mayor Phil Goff
Todd Niall (Stuff): Numerologist Peter Vaughan runs for Auckland mayoralty

Local government
Stuart Smith and Deborah Russell (Stuff): Local councils which want more power need more accountability
Denise Piper (Stuff): Northland Regional Council votes to provide childcare subsidy for elected members
Denise Piper (Stuff): Northland local body elections: How to have your say on rates, roads and rubbish
Alex Loo (Manawatū Standard): Michael Feyen expressed support for refugee resettlement in Levin
Skara Bohny (Stuff): A Nelson teen is running for council after watching along for two years

Economy
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Rising petrol prices and higher rents push New Zealand inflation higher
Liam Dann (Herald): Slowing economy tipped to burst inflation bubble (paywalled)
Gyles Beckford (RNZ): Rising fuel and rent prices push inflation up
1News: Petrol prices back on decline while rent rise per quarter highest in 11 years
Herald Editorial: Low inflation keeping NZ economy on the ground (paywalled)

James Cook, Tuia 250
Māori TV: Te Ao with Moana: Capt. Cook: A ‘genocidal murderer’ – indigenous scholar Tina Ngata
Māori TV: Te Ao with Moana: “It’s outrageous we don’t know our own history” – Dame Jenny Shipley
Māori TV: Te Ao with Moana: “They are still squatting on our lands” – Aboriginal reaction to Cook

Immigration
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Residency applications outstrip lowered targets
RNZ: The Detail: The heartbreak behind the immigration backlog
RNZ: New residents down while temporary visas up

Sport
1News: Otago researchers say gender binary division in sports has had its day
RNZ: Black Caps welcome home ceremony not possible – NZ Cricket

Christchurch mosque shootings
David Williams (Newsroom): PM’s inconsistent line on terror attack ACC
Veronica Schmidt (RNZ): After Christchurch, how long can Ardern stick with the current ACC system?
Lisette Reymer (Newshub): Businesses around Linwood Mosque face closure after Government refuses support
Juliet Moses and Anwar Ghani (Stuff): An important connection between communities in the wake of terror
Charlie Gates (Stuff): Jewish donation for Christchurch mosque attack victims aims to ‘restore faith in humanity’
1News: Christchurch Muslim community to receive $1m cheque from Jewish community

Animal welfare
RNZ: Vegan ‘anti-meat’ sticker activism ‘illegal’ – Beef and Lamb NZ boss
Natasha Jojoa Burling (Herald): Vegan activists force supermarkets to up security after stickering meat products

Westland Dairy Co-op sale
RNZ: Overseas Investment Office approves Westland Milk sale to China’s Yili
1News: Sale of Westland Co-operative Dairy to foreign buyer given green light

Other
Matthew Hooton (Metro): Government’s “Wellbeing” Budget a political hoax
David Hargreaves (Interest): Why we need to stop Kiwisaver from becoming Kiwiraider
1News: Cotton On among major clothing retailers to review supply chains after forced labour allegations
Michael Hall (RNZ): Royal Commission into state abuse: Scope of inquiry into gang member remains unclear
Kaitlin Ruddock (TVNZ): Waimea Dam project gets underway despite protests over cost, environmental impact
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): CBL criticism believed to be behind Reserve Bank’s tougher line on AMP deal (paywalled)
RNZ: Vandalising of cultural statues ‘disturbing’
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Youth MPs start two-day parliament take-over
Peter Cullen (Stuff): Bad bosses can’t hide behind labour hire
Hilary Stace (Public Address): Reviewing Funded Family Care and repealing the outrage of part 4A of the Public Health and Disability Amendment Act
Deena Coster (Stuff): Govt options to tackle drug driver testing still months away
Herald: Govt cloud service looks to cut $300m business paperwork burden
ODT: Pacifist memorial funds goal reached
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Trades Hall bombing evidence points to a key suspect, retired marine engineer Edgar Kidman
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Dame Tariana Turia shares Oranga Tamariki concerns
Press Editorial: Who says you don’t belong?
Hannah Bartlett (Nelson Mail): Airbnb restrictions urged by Nelson hostel owner